Traders in the Cloisters are moving on up

View - The Cloisters in Friars Square, Aylesbury - shops closing down and moving out
View - The Cloisters in Friars Square, Aylesbury - shops closing down and moving out
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INDEPENDENT town centre traders facing closure have been saved.

As revealed by The Bucks Herald in January, Friars Square tenants in the Cloisters have been given until April 6 to vacate their units.

But some tenants will now remain in the centre, after having been offered retail space in the main shopping area of Friars Square.

Cloisters retailers staying in Friars Square are: Leigh Jewellery, Carol’s Gifts and Cards, Surelock Homes Security and Dead Universal Comics – all of which are due to move into units upstairs in coming weeks.

Former Cloisters tenants Manhattan Furnishings and Leatherland have already set up shop in the upstairs area.

Dave Smith, owner of Surelock Homes Security, said the move was great news.

“This could actually be a silver lining for us in all of this,” he said.

“Moving upstairs is something we’ve sought after for a long time, but haven’t been able to afford – but now they have split a larger unit into two shops, which makes it more affordable.

“The move will make our shop look more professional and will mean we can offer more services on site.”

Carol Leggett, of Carol’s Gifts and Cards, who is beginning work on moving upstiars next week, added: “Moving into the central unit upstairs is going to be a far better position, especially as Network News has moved back in.

“Although, it couldn’t be much worse than where we are now.”

Another former Cloisters tenant, Fabrikay, has now set up a new shop in Cambridge Street.

All Cloisters tenants have officially been given until April 6 to vacate the area until works begin on April 10.